Both parties responsible for oil crisis
The United States economy has recently been under the assault of its lifeblood: oil. The average price of a gallon of gasoline this week reached $3.58, up 40 cents in one year.
Republican candidates have been propagating their inaccurate and over-simplified belief that President Barack Obama is to blame for the economic problems. Not surprisingly, they claim the recent increases in oil prices are also his fault.
Regardless, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney states U.S. oil production is at an eight-year high, and the Obama administration has invested in millions of new acres for oil exploration. Nonetheless, the GOP is calling on the president to bring more domestic oil into the market.
It is understandable that the American citizenry and its politicians would react so strongly to such a drastic escalation in oil rates. All modern industrial economies rely on a continuous and relatively cheap cost of oil for progression and expansion. When the oil flow is disturbed, people in all walks of life feel it.
In times such as these, the most obvious response is to import the largest quantity of oil as possible, regardless of other consequences. The sole purpose is to ensure continued economic growth. Therefore, in line with their simplistic outlook and naive sense of an almost cartoon-like world, Republican candidates have not attempted to respond to the real issues at play. Instead, they have merely called on the president to “drill more.”
For generations, Americans have been raised to believe they live in a bubble, and the two oceans on the East and West coasts protect them from problems facing the rest of the world. There are times when people are forced to abandon this illusion in place of the reality of the newly globalized politico-economic environment.
For the most part, Americans want to hear their politicians tell them any of the country’s problems can be solved domestically. This is not merely a mistaken belief, but rather a dangerous one because it neglects to answer problems intelligently.
How could anyone not expect oil prices to increase when Iran has recently ended shipments of oil to Britain and France? How could anyone not expect oil prices to increase when the economy has been growing in the U.S. and overseas, naturally resulting in the recent spike in oil demand?
But expectations are different than reality. Even if everyone expected oil prices to surge, it seems people are never prepared for the reality.
However, the most serious problems will be the end of the world’s oil supply as a natural resource as the reserves run out. Furthermore, political fragmenting will result from the social chaos, which will ensue over industries thirsty for oil and the catastrophic implications of a world that never prepared itself for the inevitable loss of its most valued energy supply. Beyond this, there is the most serious problem: the increasing effects of global climate change.
Democratic and Republican actions are now traversing into the realm of purely unethical activities. Younger generations are going to be left with a planet that is losing its ability to sustain civilization because of human actions — in the sense of the environment and energy supply.
By depriving future generations of a sustainable energy supply and leaving them with a planet that is quickly becoming uninhabitable for a large percentage of species, society has been acting with unforgivable immorality.
People must always remember that those alive today are mere stewards for the environment, living on loan from future generations. This method of thought has been lost in the current hedonistic mentality of consumerist society, but it can be regained if people stop blaming each other and start working together.
Obama and the Republican Party are to blame for the current crisis, but people hold the most responsibility for allowing their mentality to rob their children of the futures they deserve. Let us stop playing petty games of blame, and instead start coming together to solve these serious problems and allow the world to prosper for future generations.